We engage in radical digital media literacy by enjoying a bite of education and a bit of poetry, creating humane responses to fake news and social media in the era of Covid-19.
This episode was made quickly during a time of uprising following the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and countless other African Americans by police. It connects these serious concerns to two #100hardtruths: Black Lives Matter (#44) and Expose the Costs and Histories of Freedom (#77), written by Dr. Gabrielle Foreman (@profgabrielle), the Founding Director of the Colored Conventions Project and Co-Director of the Center for Black Digital Research at Penn State University. In her elegant, eloquent oration, Dr. Foreman elaborates on the connections between African-American history, photography, the advertisement and sale of slaves, and the American press, all underwritten by the basest forms of U.S. racial injustice, underpinning this moment and our ongoing efforts for freedom. She ends with three poems by her father, Kent Foreman, Das Kapital I, II, and III, as a way to testify to the linked frictions between the reality and representations of capital and its many associated lootings.
A transcription of this episode is available on The Plague Journal Day 83, by Gavin McCormick, project copywriter.
Read or respond to a poem or hardtruth found at the online primer of digital media literacy, #100hardtruths-#fakenews or fakenews-poetry.org.
Organize your own Fake News Poetry Workshop.
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YouTube: 100 Hard Truths